A young Dick Cheney began his first campaign for the House in this tiny village — population 1,600 — after the state’s sole Congressional seat finally opened up. But nowadays, his daughter Liz does not seem inclined to wait patiently for such an opening.
Senator Michael B. Enzi, standing, who visited a senior center in Laramie on Friday, says he is not ready to retire.
Ms. Cheney, 46, is showing up everywhere in the state, from chicken dinners to cattle growers’ meetings, sometimes with her parents in tow. She has made it clear that she wants to run for the Senate seat now held by Michael B. Enzi, a soft-spoken Republican and onetime fly-fishing partner of her father.
But Ms. Cheney’s move threatens to start a civil war within the state’s Republican establishment, despite the reverence many hold for her family.
Mr. Enzi, 69, says he is not ready to retire, and many Republicans say he has done nothing to deserve being turned out.
It would bring about “the destruction of the Republican Party of Wyoming if she decides to run and he runs, too,” Alan K. Simpson, a former Republican senator from the state, said in an interview last week. “It’s a disaster — a divisive, ugly situation — and all it does is open the door for the Democrats for 20 years.”
Three years ago, Democrats lost their grip on one of Massachusetts’ Senate seats when their candidate, Martha Coakley, imploded.
But it’s quite a different scene for Massachusetts Democrats on Tuesday as Rep. Ed Markey heads into a special election leading political newcomer Gabriel Gomez, a Republican, in the polls by a comfortable margin.
“We’re going into election day with the wind at our back,” Markey press secretary Andrew Zucker told Yahoo News. The Markey campaign claims 15,000 active volunteers and planned to have close to 16,000 door-knocking shifts completed by the end of Monday.
Democrats say their get-out-the-vote campaign dwarfed Gomez’s. They also had more high-profile national and state support and, perhaps most importantly, they say Markey’s message of continuing his record for Massachusetts resonated with voters.
A new poll of the race for Michigan’s open Senate seat finds Democratic Rep. Gary Peters leading all possible GOP candidates.
The poll was conducted by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling.
When matched up against former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, who became the first GOP candidate to enter the race earlier this week, Peters leads by 5 points, 41 percent to 36 percent.
The Democratic candidate’s leads are bigger against Reps. Mike Rogers and Justin Amash, two of the most-discussed prospects in the race: Peters leads Rogers by 10 points, 42 percent to 32 percent, and Amash by 12 points, 42 percent to 30 percent. The poll also finds Peters with double-digit leads over former RNC committeeman Saul Anuzis, Rep. Dave Camp, state Sen. Roger Kahn, district judge Kimberly Small and cardiologist and former U.S. House candidate Rob Steele.
University of Georgia graduate and current Georgia House member Paul C. Broun (GA-10) released a statement which included his bid to run for United States Senate. Announced on Feb. 6, Broun will run to take the seat of retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R) in the 2014 race.
Holding a rally in Atlanta, Broun said his intent to run arose as a result of the “out-of-control spending in Washington DC,” with such unnecessary spending having become “our nation’s enemy.”
A campaign spokesperson for Broun said spending cuts is the first and foremost priority for his campaign.
“He believes firmly in advocating to stop the wasteful in Washington,” she said, “and he believes he will be the only candidate in this race to focus on cutting spending and shrinking the size and scope of the federal government.”
Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board voted unanimously to allow “fake Democrats” to be placed on primary ballots for the state’s May 8 recall elections.
Republicans said there was nothing to prevent them from running phony Democrats in the recall primaries, which resulted from Gov. Scott Walker’s so-called Budget Repair Bill, which drastically curtailed the rights of public workers’ unions.
Republicans call the ringers “protest candidates,” and the Government Accountability Board, which oversees Wisconsin elections, said there is nothing wrong with it.
The Government Accountability Board used both terms - fake Democrats and protest candidates - in its statement announcing its unanimous vote.
“We are being asked … to determine whether candidates are lying,” Board Member Timothy Vocke said in the statement issued on the board’s letterhead. “That is an impossible task for this board or anybody else to solve. It is something strictly for the voters to do.” (Ellipsis in statement.)
Gov. Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and three incumbent Republican face recall elections, slated for June 5. A fourth Senate seat is open.
Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison Wednesday for 18 felony convictions stemming from trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat once occupied by Barack Obama, shaking people down in exchange for campaign contributions and lying to federal agents.
Blagojevich told the court that he made “terrible mistakes” and was “unbelievably sorry” for his crimes.
“I am responsible,” Blagojevich said, apologizing for his actions and his earlier assertions that he was unjustly targeted by prosecutors.
The Democratic congresswoman, who survived an assassination attempt in Tucson last month, is still undergoing rehabilitation in Houston for a gunshot wound to the head. Physicians have warned that her recovery will proceed at its own pace.
But even though questions about her health remain, Giffords’s astonishingly rapid recovery has left Democrats in Arizona and Washington looking to her as a potential candidate to replace retiring GOP Sen. Jon Kyl.
Giffords was mentioned as one possible contender for the 2012 race during a closed-door meeting of Senate Democrats on Thursday, two sources with knowledge of the meeting said.